The Fellowship of the Ring turns fifty-eight The Fellowship of the Ring, first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings turns fifty-eight years old today. The Lord of the Rings was first published on this date in London, England, by George Allen and Unwin. The publishers chose to publish the book in three parts because it was so long. The Two Towers was published on November 11, 1954, and The Return of the King was published on October 20, 1955.